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AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.13.16

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday AM (24 items & counting) includes logging truck that has tipped over, blocking Ramsey Road & Brunner Road/Athol. And missing Coeur d'Alene man William Lee Kasner, 59, has been found ...

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Poll: Ban sale of aerial fireworks 

In the Tuesday poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation says the state of Idaho should ban the sale of aerial fireworks. Now, the state allows the sale of aerial fireworks but bans shooting them off. Today's Poll: What do you make of a Facebook post re: police and African-Americans made by a Kootenai County deputy prosecutor?

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NYTimes: Trump right re: Ginsburg 134 

The New York Times's editorial board says Donald Trump is "right" that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's criticisms of him are inappropriate."Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to drop the political punditry and the name-calling," the newspaper said in an editorial published Wednesday.

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Best 'fart-in' fuel? 

As you know some disgruntled fans of Bernie Sanders are considering a "fart-in" to protest that their guy didn't win the presidential nod for the Democrats. The organizer has stocked up on boxes of dry beans and canned beans. But some HBO commenters consider lentils to be a better starter fuel for a "fart-in." Do you have better ideas?

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Transgender woman arrested 40 

An Idaho Falls man who police say identifies as transgender was arrested Tuesday afternoon after deputies say he took photos of a woman in a fitting room in Target. Sean Patrick Smith, 46, who also goes by Shauna Patricia Smith, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on one felony count of voyeurism.

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Column: Discovering Manito Park 

In a column today, Sandra Lee of the Lewiston Tribune wonders why she has lived 100 miles from Spokane's Manito Park and never seen it (until recently): "I'm betting a lot of people, like me, just don't realize what's there." (Question: Have you seen Manito Park in Spokane?)

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Trib: Coulter clueless about Crapo 

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments that conservative columnist Ann Coulter is clueless re: U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. In a recent column, Coulter included Crapo's name on a list of candidates Donald Trump should consider as his VP running mate.

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Avista to install electric vehicle chargers 

Spokane-based Avista will begin installing 272 electric vehicle chargers in Eastern Washington homes, workplaces and public areas this month to gather information on electric cars and recharging. Just a smattering of Avista’s Washington customers currently own electric vehicles or plug-in electric-gas hybrids.

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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016

Sanders delegates to stage 'fart-in' 24 

The Hill: "Bernie Sanders endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday isn’t stopping his supporters plans to hold a “fart-in” at the Democratic National Convention this month. The unusual political strategy will have Sanders delegates consuming a lot of beans before heading to Philadelphia later this month, according to US News and World Report."

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Parting Shot -- 7.12.16

Reuters: "They stood in a line, clasping hands as a choir sang, Democrat and Republican, black and white, politician and cop. Led by President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush, they honored the five Dallas policemen slain last week and urged Americans to rise above racial divides and reject despair."

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 7.12.16 16 

I dreamed last night that my old high school English teacher was bedeviling me again. The guy was arrogant. He enjoyed belittling freshmen and sophomores. I was a favorite target. He didn't like the books I read for assignments. He didn't like my essays. I don't think he liked me. Last night, in my dream, he made a commotion about a poem I wrote.

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Are Pokemon Go fans the walking dead? 

"I walked out of the Pullman City Hall last night after the monthly Historic Preservation Commission meeting and a fellow commissioner pointed out the dozens of Pokemon Go players all around us -- they looked like zombies" -- Matthew Root.

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County to expand jail w/fund balance 

Kootenai County has trimmed its jail expansion proposal from $15.7M to $11.7M, and plans to fund it with a $37M fund balance. The balance will allow the county to expand the jail and construct other projects without raising taxes or requiring a public vote.

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Here's an aerial photo, from the city's GIS system, that shows the 1.83 city-owned acres in question at Blackwell Island. The city's property is the rectangular wedge between the Blackwell Island RV Park and Hagadone Corporation property to the south. (Photo courtesy of the city of Coeur d'Alene)

City won't sell Blackwell acreage 18 

The City of Coeur d’Alene has determined that property owned on Blackwell Island is not surplus and won’t be sold. As part of the City Hall remodel project, the City surveyed all of the property it owns to determine if it may be surplus and sold to offset the cost of the remodel. The Blackwell Island property is not considered surplus.

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Wanted: Charles Steven Kukuruza

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Charles Steven Kukuruza. Kukuruza is being sought based on a Kootenai County felony warrant charging Kukuruza with two counts of felony rape. This is a $50,000 bond warrant with United States extradition

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"We do not consider playing "Pokemon Go" to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity" -- Arlington Cemetery.

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Idaho among lowest for child deaths

Idaho ranks No. 41 in the nation for child deaths, meaning that the state has one of the lowest child death rates in the country. The leading causes of death among Idaho infants are physical birth defects and short gestation periods or low birth weight. The leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 17 are general accidents and suicides.

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Blogosphere -- 7.12.16

Huckleberries Online blog roundup features Slight Detour's "first summer garden veggie dinner." Also: National doors/Barrett Rainey, Hello to those we lost/Faithful Geek, A pony in there somewhere/Fort Boise, Openings: Ghosts & drug busters/7 Blog, HR Derby has found way to stay fresh/Grip + more ...

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.

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